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Community Room Renamed St. John Evangelist

October 15th, 2015


Shakespeare asked the memorable question, “What’s in a name?” And, though Juliet said it is artificial and meaningless—many others would strongly disagree. A name identifies tradition, which is why the administration at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center has been renaming the meeting rooms on its campus. As a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, St. Catherine of Siena follows a long history of tradition.

“Changing the names of our meeting rooms is an opportunity to celebrate a mission-driven, faith-based organization,” stated St. Catherine’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Paul J. Rowland.  

As of Tuesday, October 13, 2015, The Christabel Room at the Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center has been blessed and renamed, The St. John Evangelist Room. “While the old name had its own history—the new name is more fitted with the Catholic tradition,” said St. Catherine’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center Administrator John Chowske.

St. John, one of Jesus’12 apostles, lived to the ripe old age of 90 and according to history outlived the other apostles. “He is referred to as the great patron for the aging—which is why he was appropriately chosen for this room at the nursing home,” said St. Catherine’s Director of Pastoral Care Sister Patricia McDonnell.